Five startups were funded in Japan last week. Read on to see what they do and what they got.
Minarai by Nextremer
Nextremer is the developer of the question-answering artificial intelligence minarai.
Minarai is a multipurpose AI that can understand and respond to human speech. The AI understands multiple languages and can be adapted to run on devices ranging from a smartphone to a robot.
Nextremer received an investment of just over US$4.3 million on the 8th.
Coiney provides a credit card payment terminal for smartphones and tablets in addition to other services.
Coiney Payge lets users make their own website where they can send and receive payments. As of this year the startup released Coiney Scan, which lets users scan QR codes to quickly pay bills. Coiney also offers corporate valuation and loan review service Coiney Engine.
The startup announced that it received roughly US$2.7 million in funding last week.
Delihub by Yolo
Delihub is a customer relations management platform for restaurants and bars developed by Yolo.
Although details on the service are not yet available, Yolo CEO Shin Akaogi says it will enable restaurant owners to create and manage websites as well as allow takeout and delivery orders online. Delihub is set for release in September.
Yolo received US$1.1 million in a pre-series A round of funding last week, ThePedia reports.
Pro-sess by Maple Systems
Pro-sess by Maple Systems is a platform that connects companies with software engineers.
Pro-sess aims to cut out the middleman in multi-company projects. Companies using the program can assign and manage engineers working for a client without the need for an intermediary. The platform also lets companies track performance and progress through the metrics of their choice.
The startup raised US$910,000 in funds including a loan, reports TechCrunch.
Vegery by Vegeo Vegeco
Vegery by Vegeo Vegeco is an app for ordering cooking ingredients online.
The service is much like Blue Apron but it specializes in delivering organic vegetables from Kyushu, the large island in Southwest Japan. The company claims that in the greater Tokyo area, it can take as little as one hour for an order to arrive on your doorstep.
The startup received an undisclosed amount from public relations company Vector last week, reports TechCrunch.
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Editor’s Note: These startups are featured because they have acquired funding, and are not necessarily attending Tech in Asia Tokyo 2017.
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